Backyard Harvest: A year-round guide to growing fruit and vegetables

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Penguin, Jan 17, 2011 - Gardening - 256 pages
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Grow Something to Eat Year-Round is a light, bright new gardening title with a big promise-it sets out to deliver home-grown food from the plot, pot, freezer, or pantry every day of the year. That's easy enough in the summer, when kitchen gardens and allotments are awash with peas, beans, leafy greens, and soft fruit, but not so straightforward in midwinter, when the ground may be frozen solid. Success lies in the planning, and this book is written as a continuum, with sowing, planting, and growing advice for each month to keep the crops coming.

There are also features on harvesting, storing, freezing, and preserving crops to enjoy later in the winter months and the early-spring gap when little is ready to harvest. Advice is given on winter polytunnel and greenhouse crops, and indoor seed sprouting, citrus plants, and herbs in pots to help bring fresh tastes to the table in winter. The result is a year-round manual for productive kitchen gardeners, with plenty of growing projects for raised beds and pots to allow smaller-scale gardeners to take part.

 

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Contents

Your growing space 6
6
Growing under cover 12
12
A perfect spot for crops 14
14
To sow or buy? 20
20
Ready to eat 24
24
What to sow 26
26
Cutandcomeagain salads 28
28
What to do 30
30
What to sow 132
132
What to plant 133
133
Strawberries 134
134
What to do 136
136
Pruning fruit in summer 140
140
What to harvest 142
142
Making fruit cordials 144
144
Making relishes and pesto 146
146

Preparing a seedbed 32
32
Making a raised bed 33
33
What to harvest 34
34
Growing sprouting seeds 36
36
Ready to eat 38
38
What to sow 40
40
Sowing inside 42
42
Sowing outdside 43
43
What to plant 44
44
What to do 46
46
Potatoes 48
48
What to harvest 50
50
Ready to eat 52
52
What to sow 54
54
Peppers chillies 56
56
Beetroot broccoli 58
58
Tomatoes 60
60
What to plant 62
62
Herbs 64
64
What to do 66
66
Growing mushrooms 68
68
What to harvest 70
70
Ready to eat 72
72
What to sow 74
74
Snap and wax beans 76
76
Runner beans 77
77
Zucchini sweet corn 78
78
Cucumbers lettuce 80
80
What to plant 80
82
Patio fruit and vegetables 84
84
What to do 86
86
Providing support 88
88
What to harvest 90
90
Ready to eat 92
92
What to sow 94
94
Winter cabbage chicory 96
96
What to plant 98
98
What to do 102
102
Organic pest control 104
104
What to harvest 106
106
Ready to eat 108
108
What to sow 110
110
Winter squash pumpkins 112
112
What to plant 114
114
Productive baskets 116
116
What to do 118
118
Effective irrigation 122
122
Space efficiency 124
124
What to harvest 126
126
Making simple fruit jam 128
128
Ready to eat 130
130
Freezing vegetables 148
148
Freezing fruit 150
150
Ready to eat 152
152
What to sow 154
154
What to plant 155
155
What to do 156
156
What to harvest 158
158
Drying fruit and vegetables 160
160
Bottling fruit in syrup 162
162
Ready to eat 164
164
What to sow 166
166
What to plant 167
167
What to do 168
168
Getting ready for winter 170
170
Saving your own seeds 172
172
What to harvest 174
174
Making cold pickles 176
176
Making hot pickles 178
178
Making plum wine 180
180
Ready to eat 182
182
What to sow 184
184
What to plant 185
185
Raspberries blackberries 186
186
What to do 188
188
Starting a compost heap 190
190
What to harvest 192
192
Storing apples and pears 194
194
Ready to eat 196
196
What to plant 198
198
Apples pears 200
200
Planting fruit trees 202
202
What to do 204
204
Pruning fruit in fall 206
206
What to harvest 208
208
Storing vegetables 210
210
Making simple chutney 212
212
Ready to eat 214
214
What to sow 216
216
What to plant 217
217
Plums damsons and gages 218
218
Cherries currants 220
220
Citrus 222
222
What to harvest 224
224
Making soups 226
226
Crop planner 230
230
Common pests 236
236
Common diseases 240
240
Nutrient deficiencies 245
245
Useful websites 246
246
Index acknowledgments 250
248
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